CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Appellate Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse. The Pay Now Illinois coalition sued last year in Cook County to force the state to honor contracts during the stalemate. The appellate court dismissed the case Thursday and directed providers to the Court of Claims for relief.


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling state legislators into a special session to work out a budget deal and end an impasse which could soon enter a third year. The Republican announced the news Thursday in a Facebook video and statement, accusing majority Democrats of "ignoring" his recommendations. Democrats rejected Rauner's statements Thursday, saying they've presented viable options. The special session dates are set from June 21 until June 30. The fiscal year begins July 1.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, but job growth remains below the national average. The state jobless rate for May came in at four point six percent, down from four point seven percent in April. 24-hundred jobs were gained last month says Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough (goff)...



Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough. The national unemployment rate for May was four point three percent.



(Champaign-jm) -- The Relay for Life of Champaign County is tomorrow at West Side Park in Champaign. Co-Organizer Adele Haag talks about the schedule of events…



Relay for Life of Champaign County Co-Organizer Adele Haag.



(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul teen has been arrested for stealing a car with three children in it Thursday. According to Rantoul police, they were called to J.W. Eater Junior High for a stolen vehicle with three small children ages 9 months, 5 and 9. An officer located the children near Veteran’s Parkway and Chanute Street unharmed. Police arrested 18-year-old Kevin Lefever in Vermilion County. He was taken to the Champaign County Correctional Center on charges of Vehicle Theft and Child Endangerment. Lefever had been arrested days earlier for stealing two vehicles in the village.



(Paxton-jm) -- Little Vibrations will be making a return again this year to Paxton’s Old Fashioned 4th of July event at Pells Park. Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson says they will hold a camp starting next week…


Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Donaldson.



(Paxton-jm) -- The state FFA Convention is underway in Springfield and one area chapter has received a high honor. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA Chapter received the FFA Foundation’s Top Chapter Award.



(Watseka-jm) -- The Iroquois County Relay for Life will be held this Saturday in Watseka. American Cancer Society Community Manager Carrie Robinette talks about the event…



American Cancer Society Community Manager Carrie Robinette. WPXN will be broadcasting from the Relay for Life from 2:30-3:30.


URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping. Twenty-six-year-old Yingying Zhang was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign when she disappeared June 9. University police released surveillance video Monday showing Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra vehicle in Urbana that afternoon. Her friends told police she had gone out to sign a lease.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bankers continue to expect little growth in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states because of weak commodity prices. The overall economic index for the region slipped to the neutral score of 50 in June from May's 50.1.



(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her counterparts in other states are investigating whether drug manufacturers are contributing to the opioid abuse epidemic. Opioids, both prescription and illegal are the main driver of drug overdose deaths says Attorney General Madigan. Her office is looking into drug makers that are pushing their products…



Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Last year, Madigan’s office filed a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for deceptive marketing a highly addictive opioid drug to doctors for off-label use.



(Buckley-jm) -- The 2017 Buckley Fun Day is set for tomorrow. Spokesperson Jim Biggs has the rundown of the days activities…



Buckley Fun Day Spokesperson Jim Biggs.



(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to two years probation for unlawful restraint. 25-year-old Jack Cardwell pleaded guilty in Champaign County court to unlawful restraint after he admitted he pinned his girlfriend against the wall of their mobile home back in May. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of domestic battery was dismissed.


(Champaign-jm) -- The 2017 Champaign County Relay for Life is this Saturday at West Side Park in Champaign. Co-Organizer Adele Haag talks about some of the events planned for the relay…


Champaign County Relay for Life Co-Organizer Adele Haag.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their lunch and learn on June 22nd. Cheryl Mitchell, Director of Entrepreneurship Education with Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities will be the guest speaker. The event will run from 12-1 at the Hope Vineyard Church on N. Market Street. Deadline to make your reservations is Monday, June 19th.



(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield next week for a continuous special session. The Governor is setting Wednesday, June 21st as the first day of special session, and is urging House and Senate members to get to work. He says they should consider the needs of the people of Illinois and pass a budget…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers are facing a quickly approaching deadline as the state’s fiscal year ends June 30th.


WPXN Morning Sports Page Friday June 16 2017


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Keon Broxton and Eric Thames homered to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.


CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Matt Davidson homered for the fourth straight game, then doubled and scored in a four-run sixth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox over Baltimore 5-2.


(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Lady Panthers Basketball team will have a new coach next season. Rachel Hurliman submitted her resignation this week as both high school girls basketball coach and junior high math teacher to take a teaching position in Urbana. Hurliman went 30 and 27 in two seasons with the Panthers. Nathan Lawler will take over the program. He was also hired to be a junior high special education teacher.


ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Erin Hills was kind to Rickie Fowler and rough on several others during the first round of the U.S. Open. Fowler is atop the leaderboard following a 7-under 65 that included seven birdies and no bogeys at the Wisconsin course.


E. I. Baseball 1pm DH

Buckley @ Gifford-Flatville

Paxton @ Champaign

Royal @ Central Illinois



(Farmer City-jm) -- Racing continues tonight at the Farmer City Raceway. McKay Wenger is third in points in the late models and talks about racing at Farmer City…



Late Models driver McKay Wenger.


(Michigan-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan this weekend. Ryan Blaney picked up his first career cup win last week. He talks about how that win impacts the way he will race this week…



NASCAR Driver Ryan Blaney.



(Farmer City-jm) -- The cars will be on the track tonight at Farmer City. In the late models, McKay Wenger sits third in points. He talks about figuring out the racing style each week…



Late Models Driver McKay Wenger.


(Michigan-jm) -- Michigan International Speedway is where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is this weekend. Ryan Newman has been pretty good at Michigan over the past few years. He talks about what he expects on Sunday…



NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman.


MLB Today

Carlos Martinez is on the mound as the St. Louis Cardinals open a weekend series tonight in Baltimore against the Orioles.


The Chicago Cubs are in Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates this weekend. Eddie Butler is pitching for the northsiders.


The Chicago White Sox are in Toronto to take on the Blue Jays this weekend. Jose Quintana will try and pick up the win for the southsiders.


Saturday on WPXN its Summer Fun Stop # 2 as we stop at Buckley Lake for Buckley Fun Day, then it’s Xfinity racing with the Michigan 250 at noon. Following Xfinity racing it’s Summer Fun Stop #3 at the Iroquois County Relay for life.


Sunday on WPXN it’s the Monster Energy Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup series race from Michigan International Speedway with a 1pm start time.



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